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Thursday, October 7, 2010

10/08/10 - Let the light shine in!


Woohoo! Today is the day that our little 'old' basement windows are being removed! Our concrete walls will be cored to allow lovely new HUGE windows to be installed in their place. I've decided to blog about the process of having your windows cored... for those of you who may be interested!

Let us know if you would like the name of the amazing company that provided us with top notch service - we were impressed! Yes, we know they are 'only' basement windows but what a way to make a HUGE difference to your space!



We were instructed to dig the holes 1' ( foot) wider & deeper than what we needed. We really wanted to encourage the sun to shine in plus not have the visitors to the basement feel like they were in a cave so we decided to install larger windows & wells!





I was asked to cover my fence so that they could run a hose over the top of it without causing damage to my fence. My drop-cloth from this past weekend's make-over makes a great last minute tarp!

Protecting my baby....
Okay I know... it's 'just' a fence...



One window's out...



...and now two!




Measuring up the new rough opening (RO). Wish I could hop in the hole to show you where the lines are! Do you think Jon would be mad if I asked him to make the lines a little darker for the camera?!? Ahem, Jon...




Now that they've marked the area to be cut out for the new windows holes plus where they need to create holes to attach their saw... they start coring out the holes in which they will hammer in small metal tubes; which I neglected to ask the name of, (who knew?!?), which are machined to enable the saw to be secured to the wall.





Speaking of saw...

Now that's a blade! ; )


Jon & Adam say that this process will take about 5 hours for 2 windows. Most of the work is in the preparation & set up. Cutting happens in minutes!
Can't wait to see!


Now Adam is ready to assemble the saw onto the rail system...








Basement is all prepped & protected...




















Finally ready to start cutting...



I'm amazing at how often Adam checks that his rig is perfectly level. When asked why as i wonder if it effects how the saw cuts, he says that's how "it should be" & for no other reason... impressive!


The actual cutting begins... It does happen quickly. Cuts like butter! ; )






Now to relocate the saw for the next cut...










A little while later... Ta da....




The basement feels so much more open!






The view looking in isn't so bad either!



So, was it worth it?!?

R.I.P.


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